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Traffic Offenses in Singapore That Carry Demerit Points and Composition Fines

As we settle back into Phase 1 of the circuit breaker lifting measures, more drivers have begun to return to the roads. 

Under the Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS), there are several traffic offences in Singapore that can land you demerit points or even a composition fine. A composition fine refers to the exchange of monetary payment in order to avoid prosecution in the court of law.

In Singapore, traffic offense fines may be determined by the weight of your vehicle. Light vehicles are classified as having an unladen weight of 2500 kg and below, while vehicles that exceed that weight are classed as heavy vehicles.

On the plus side, being cautious on the roads has added benefits! Drivers who do not commit traffic offenses for three years in a row receive an additional 5% discount when renewing their car insurance at certain insurance companies, on top of their No-Claim Discount. So, it really does pay to be careful.

Here is a full list of all of these offences so that you can keep informed and stay safe on the roads:

0 Demerit points

Fine of $100 for light vehicles/$150 for heavy vehicles

  • Stopping in yellow box
  • Insufficient warning signals
  • Making an unauthorised U-turn
  • Vehicles with a 60km/hr vehicular speed limit failing to keep left

3 Demerit points

Fine of $150 for light vehicles/$200 for heavy vehicles

  • Carrying excess pillion/pillion not sitting astride
  • Riders failing to wear helmet/wears helmet insecurely
  • Disobeying traffic direction of a police officer, employee of authority, or a security officer regulating traffic
  • Conveying load not properly secured
  • Using tyres with ply or cord carcass exposed
  • Driver failing to wear a seatbelt or failing to ensure that all passengers wear a seatbelt
  • Driver failing to ensure that passengers below the height of 1.35m are properly secured by an approved child restraint or body-restraining seatbelt
  • Parking abreast of another vehicle
  • Parking within a pedestrian crossing
  • Stopping in a zebra crossing area
  • Parking within a Demerit Points No Parking Zone
  • Stopping within a Demerit Points No Stopping Zone
  • Driver failing to fill up every passenger seat in the driver’s cabin, or any additional cabin or enclosed space provided for the carriage of passengers or goods, before carrying any person on the floor of open deck goods vehicle

4 Demerit points

Fine of $150 for light vehicles/$200 for heavy vehicles

  • Exceeding the vehicular speed limit by 1 to 20 km/hr
  • Failing to give way to oncoming traffic a controlled junction
  • Failing to give way at an uncontrolled junction, junction, or roundabout
  • Crossing double white lines or a road divider
  • Obstructing the flow of traffic
  • Forming up incorrectly when turning left or right
  • Failing to give way to emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire brigades or Police vehicles
  • Driving in a dangerous manner while carrying load
  • Stopping on the shoulder or verge of an expressway
  • Stopping or remaining at rest on the carriageway of an expressway

6 Demerit points

Fine of $200 for light vehicles/$250 for heavy vehicles

  • Exceeding the vehicular speed limit by 21 to 30 km/hr
  • Exceeding the road speed limit by 21 to 30 km/hr
  • Driving on the shoulder of expressways
  • Failing to securely tie or attach goods to a goods vehicle to prevent the goods from falling off
  • Offences committed by motorists at a pedestrian crossing
  • Driving or riding against the flow of traffic as indicated by traffic signs
  • Carrying passengers on a motor vehicle or trailer in a dangerous manner
  • Reversing unnecessarily on expressways
  • Failing to obey the 1.1 metres height restriction for persons carried on open deck goods vehicle
  • Carrying passengers when the clear floor space of the open deck goods vehicle is insufficient
  • Careless driving

8 Demerit points

Fine of $300 for light vehicles/$400 for heavy vehicles

  • Exceeding the vehicular speed limit by 31 to 40 km/hr
  • Exceeding the road speed limit by 31 to 40 km/hr

9 Demerit points

Fine of $300 for light vehicles/$400 for heavy vehicles

  • Carrying passengers on a goods vehicle in a dangerous manner
  • Driving without due care or reasonable consideration for other road users

12 Demerit points

Fine of $400 for light vehicles/$500 for heavy vehicles

  • Failing to conform to traffic light signals

12 Demerit points

1st offence: Fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment of up to 6 months or both

2nd offence: Fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both

  • Using mobile communication devices while driving

12 Demerit points

Prosecution in court

  • Exceeding the vehicular speed limit by 41 to 50 km/hr or
  • Exceeding the road speed limit by 41 to 50 km/hr

18 Demerit points

Prosecution in court

  • Exceeding the vehicular speed limit by 51 to 60 km/hr
  • Exceeding the road speed limit by 51 to 60 km/hr

24 Demerit points

Prosecution in court

  • Exceeding the vehicular speed limit by more than 60 km/hr 
  • Exceeding the road speed limit by more than 60 km/hr Reckless or dangerous driving

Abiding By The Law On The Road

With these in mind, do be careful on the road! If you do commit an offense and incur demerit points, fret not. As long as you do not accumulate any additional demerit points for 12 months after your last offense, your demerit points will be waived. 

(Related story: Roadsense: What To Do When A Traffic Police Officer Asks You To Pull Over)

Similarly, suspensions will be removed from your record as long as you do not commit any more offenses for 24 months after the suspension of your license. If you are suspended for 12 months or longer however, your license will be revoked and you will have to re-sit your theory and traffic police driving test if you want to get your license back.

(Related story: Car Modifications That Are Illegal In Singapore)

We hope you can use this guide to keep yourself safe and aware on the road. For more information on how to keep yourself on the right side of the law while driving, check out these articles!

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